Now the tax collectors and “sinners” were all gathering around to hear [Yeshua].
But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.”
Then Jesus told them this parable:
“Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Does he not leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it?
“And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’
“I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.
“Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins and loses one. Does she not light a lamp, sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it?
“And when she finds it, she calls her friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost coin.’
“In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”
Jesus says there is more joy in heaven over one person who realizes he was wrong and changes his behavior than over ninety-nine others who do not need to do so.
Hooray for those who used to be Drug Warriors and/or Prohibitionists but have repented!